Photos of the day Apollo 13 came home

Forty years ago today, the crew of the mission Apollo 13 was brought back down to Earth safely, having seen off the danger of an explosion on their command module before they got to the Moon (the place they were hoping to land on and have a quick wander about).

After splashdown, the three members of the crew were picked up by a rescue helicopter from the USS Iwo Jima. From there, they were taken, again by helicopter, to American Samoa. At each point, there were people with their own cameras, including Robert Gillette, the science reporter for the San Fransisco Examiner, some of whose pictures have been published on Universe Today.

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